One of the country’s most esteemed social researchers, Hugh Mackay believes that despite 26 years of uninterrupted economic growth, Australia is experiencing a worsening societal crisis. Income inequality is widening, we no longer trust our political leaders, and people are more anxious and socially fragmented than ever. The acclaimed author talks about Australia Reimagined, his uplifting and passionate reflection on where we’ve gone wrong and how to build a more compassionate and cohesive society.

Presented with Ryde Library.

Hugh Mackay (Australian)

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Hugh Mackay is Australia’s leading social researcher and a bestselling author. Australia Reimagined is his nineteenth book. His research career has spanned six decades, including twenty-five years as research director of The Mackay Report. He has been deputy chair of the Australia Council for the Arts, the inaugural chair of the ACT government’s Community Inclusion Board, and is currently a patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre. In 2015, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia. He lives in Canberra.